Fishy tales

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If you can buy a whole skate wing, use the left­over car­ti­lage in fish soups and stews.

Skate can grow to more than 2m when mea­sured from one wingtip to the other, and have been known to weigh over 115kg. St John’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge, once fed

120 peo­ple from one fish.

It’s be­lieved the name ‘ray’ comes from the French raie, which refers to the long fi­bres of flesh in the wings of the fish.

The thorn­back ray in cer­tain sea­sons swims in uni­sex shoals, which is unusual.

Some skate can live to be around 70 years old.

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